SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The Statue of “Admiral Yi Sun-sin in Agony” located at the scene of his Myeongryang Battle will be registered as a trademark. The statue has received high praise among other statues of the admiral by showing his human side.
The statue stands on a rock nearby Uldolmok or Myeongryang, in Haenam, South Jeolla Province, where Admiral Yi defeated 133 Japanese warships with only 13 of his own ships. It was erected in October 2008, to commemorate a local festival related to the historic battle. It is only 2 meters tall.
Unlike other statues that depict Admiral Yi with a long sword and dignified face overlooking the front sea of Joseon, in the statue to be trademarked, the admiral holds a map rather than a sword, and is wearing common clothes, not soldier’s armor.
In one word, the statue embodies Admiral Yi’s worry about the future of Joseon in war against Japan, gazing at the roaring current of Uldolmok.
The statue will be registered as trademark. Haenam County applied to the Korea Intellectual Property Office for the statue’s trademark registration last December. Now, the application is being processed, and it will be officially registered on July 26 if there is no opposition.
The county will use the statue in various ways to commemorate Admiral Yi’s patriotic spirit and to promote the county’s cultural activities.
By M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)